Several years ago, around Christmas I remember watching a programme about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and how she would have felt giving birth in the suroundings that are reported in the Bible. This BBC programme alluded to the fact that she would have been giving birth without any painkillers.
Boulderdash! Or words to that effect.
Mary, and the wise women that would have been around her at that time, (and I firmly believe that her fellow travellers would have made sure that she was supported in her labour,) would have had access to many oils. In Matthew 26 we read of the “alabaster vial of very expensive perfume”. Now do the BBC think that Chanel or Dior were around back then?
Mary would have had the use of the plants that aromatherapy oils are obtained from, even if she did not have the oils themselves. They did have the means to make perfume as indicated by that passage mentioned above, so it is quite possible that she had her own supply of oils just as I did, in preparation for my own labour, 1996 years later. Of course they would have called them something entirely different because aromatherapy is a phrase that was coined centuries later. The majority of the stories and recordings in the Bible are written from a male perspective, and so the workings of this very private time in a woman’s life, woudl have been totally excluded from the writers of the scriptures.
In Where Do I Begin Part 1, I talked of using Clary sage and Jasmine in bringing on labour, and enhancing labour once it had startted, so let’s look at those 2 oils.
Clary Sage (official name Salvia sclarea) is distilled from the whole plant. It has warm nutty scent, quite heady. It is excellent for muscular pains, hence it’s use for labour, and has a reputaion as being good for depression.
Jasmine, (official name Jasminum officianale) is a luxuriant oil often referred to as the King of the flower oils. It has a luxurious exotic scent and has a renowned reputation in childbirth.
Naomi over at “Aromatherapy for Christians” has more to say on the wonderful oils found in the Bible. Take a look
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